Thanksgiving Day, 2009, 62199-62200 [E9-28485]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 25, 2009 / Presidential Documents 62199 Presidential Documents Proclamation 8458 of November 20, 2009 Thanksgiving Day, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of Thanksgiving. This day’s roots are intertwined with those of our Nation, and its history traces the American narrative. Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed ‘‘by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God,’’ and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured Nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our Nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings. As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our Nation throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our country’s men and women in uniform who set an example of service that inspires us all. Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day. PWALKER on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES5 NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 26, 2009, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage all the people of the United States to come together, whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place where family, friends and neighbors may gather, with gratitude for all we have received in the past year; to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own; and to share our bounty with others. VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:39 Nov 24, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\25NOD2.SGM 25NOD2 62200 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 25, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. E9–28485 Filed 11–24–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:39 Nov 24, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\25NOD2.SGM 25NOD2 OB#1.EPS</GPH> PWALKER on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES5 Billing code 3195–W0–P

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Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 25, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8458 of November 20, 2009

                
Thanksgiving Day, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                What began as a harvest celebration between European 
                settlers and indigenous communities nearly four 
                centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of 
                Thanksgiving. This day's roots are intertwined with 
                those of our Nation, and its history traces the 
                American narrative.

                Today, we recall President George Washington, who 
                proclaimed our first national day of public 
                thanksgiving to be observed ``by acknowledging with 
                grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty 
                God,'' and President Abraham Lincoln, who established 
                our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured 
                Nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the 
                contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early 
                colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue 
                to strengthen our Nation. From our earliest days of 
                independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, 
                Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

                As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. 
                While we observe traditions from every culture, 
                Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all 
                share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each 
                of us thankful for our common blessings.

                As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also 
                reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need 
                of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our 
                bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that 
                commitment by serving our communities and our Nation 
                throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our 
                country's men and women in uniform who set an example 
                of service that inspires us all. Let us be guided by 
                the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms 
                for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the 
                noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 
                26, 2009, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I 
                encourage all the people of the United States to come 
                together, whether in our homes, places of worship, 
                community centers, or any place where family, friends 
                and neighbors may gather, with gratitude for all we 
                have received in the past year; to express appreciation 
                to those whose lives enrich our own; and to share our 
                bounty with others.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-28485
Filed 11-24-09; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3195-W0-P